May 4, 2002
Up several steep steps and we were in a foyer where the tables stretched off to both sides with all the tables facing the huge picture window and the bar behind a brass railing to the rear. The lovely windows ran the entire length of the room on both sides as it stradled the corner. White, White cloths covered all the tables along with fresh flowers and crystal wine glasses. Our waiter rushed to help us, and that was the last time he rushed us or himself. Holland believes that good food is worth waiting for, and takes time to prepare properly (and they were right!). We both had Primavera, mine with veggies and Robert''s with shrimp. The portions were huge and the sauce creamy and tangy clinging to the al dente pasta, with crusty bread on the side. Small green peas, carrots and asparagus blended well and added beautiful color. White wine was a good choice and coffee sufficed for dessert. We made it home just after the witching hour.
From journal Chillin' in Amsterdam